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40 years of digital tech

Posted on May 11th, by admin in Photography/Video, Tales and musings. No Comments

A look at 4 decades of home computing, mobile phones, digital cameras and even YouTube…

“Why anyone would ever want to look at photos on a TV screen?” That was what bewildered company executives told the Kodak engineer who first proposed the idea of a ‘filmless camera’ to them in 1975. This concept was of course the first digital camera.

Thirty years later, I received a similar response from my contemporaries when I proposed a new approach to audio guides. Taken by my enthusiasm I was left to pursue the idea and develop the first downloadable audio trails in the UK. Until that time audio guides were limited to indoor locations and listened to on hired handsets/wands: In 2005 you could count the number of ‘audio trail’ Google search results on one hand – today there are nearly 60 million!

Fast-moving tech

Having set … Read More »


Contactless payment for heritage sites?

Posted on July 16th, by admin in QR/NFC, Tales and musings. No Comments

Our latest article for the Association of Heritage Interpretation (AHI) member’s journal looks at how new technology serving the London Olympics is already finding its way into the heritage sector.

Imagine swiping a till with your credit card or mobile phone to make a payment without entering your pin. Imagine no longer, the technology is already here.

This is Near Field Technology (NFC) and London 2012 will be the first Olympic Games to embrace it. NFC allows UK shoppers to make pin-free purchases.

Although, a little slow to take off (just like internet shopping), Barclays, a host of high street retailers and an increasing number of smartphone companies have jumped on the bandwagon too. You’ve probably seen Usain Bolt in the Visa advert? That is contactless payment.

At this year’s London Olympics every sales terminal at the venue will allow “wave and pay” purchases. … Read More »